Metaversities are real-world college campuses in VR

We all know going to college is about more than just attending class. That’s why proponents of the metaverse are investing in “metaversities” — digital twins of real-world university campuses.

The first virtual campus was Morehouse College, a liberal arts college located in Atlanta, Georgia, which has existed in digital form with students attending since March 2021. Now, Meta is providing the funding for nine new metaversities to launch this fall, spanning the nation.

With each campus reconstructed in detail, students can experience the same environment as if they physically traveled to the university. The digital twins are being created by a company called VictoryXR, which builds the new campuses with funding provided by Meta using the EngageVR platform.

The results look impressive, as seen through the fly-through videos available on VictoryXR’s YouTube channel. While the virtual environments are not photorealistic, they represent the actual campus buildings and layout well enough that a real visit to the university would make students feel right at home.

A statue and building from a virtual university in the metaverse.

Here’s how it works. Students check out a Meta Quest 2 headset at the beginning of the semester and return it at the end. Students can move throughout the digital twin campus, attend classes and hang out in the student lounge and garden areas. Virtual courses will be filled with multiple students who can interact with each other and the professors, just like a physical university.

Going a step further, VR allows possibilities like time travel for historical field trips, shrinking down to take a tour of the human body from the inside, and much more. The idea, of course, is to make learning more engaging, fun, and accessible for everyone.

Multiple students can attend metaversity courses and interact with each other and professors.

The additional nine campuses coming this fall will be the University of Kansas School of Nursing, New Mexico State University, South Dakota State University, Florida A&M University, West Virginia University, University of Maryland Global Campus, Southwestern Oregon Community College, California State University, Dominquez Hills, and Alabama A&M University.

Meta, along with other big tech companies, are continuing the deep dive into building out the metaverse with more virtual and augmented reality experiences over the next few years — generating more demand for the latest Meta VR headsets and technologies along the way, of course.

Editors’ Recommendations

Credit: Source link






Selena Gomez confesses she was embarrassed when she posed naked for an album cover

In 2015, popular singer Selena Gomez released the album Revival. For its...

‘The Blind Side’ Brother Sean ‘SJ’ Tuohy Jr. on Michael Oher’s Claims

Michael Oher Courtesy of Michael Oher/Instagram Sean “SJ” Tuohy Jr. attempted to shed light on his family’s dynamic with Michael Oher, suggesting that...

Falguni Shane Peacock showcases sleek, street-inspired occasion wear at FDCI Blenders Pride Fashion Tour

Luxury fashion brand Falguni Shane Peacock teamed up with graffiti artist Dizy to showcase sleek occasion wear on the runway for the Blenders...

Peter Do, Kiko Kostadinov Among At.Kollektive’s Latest Guest Designers

At.Kollektive, a design project launched by leather supplier Ecco Leather, has tapped newly appointed Helmut Lang creative director Peter Do and London-based menswear designer Kiko...

CNN Halts NFT Project, Seeking Avenue to Compensate Fans

The multinational media company, the Cable News Network (CNN) has announced that it will be terminating its active development and engagement of its...
en English